The days of 2010 have been put behind us,
The year filled to overflowing with memories.
Good, bad and even some mediocre,
Days sometimes filled with stress and anxiety.
Jobs lost for many mamas and papas,
Even single gents and ladies weren't immune.
Mortgage payments late and late again,
Eviction notices served, homes lost.
Homeless shelters filled to overflowing,
Food pantries emptying faster and faster.
Young men and women leaving families,
Soldiers fighting in far off lands.
Unknowns strapping on bombs,
Or sending bombs to terrorize all.
Yet hope remains,
Dented, but on the mend.
The yesterdays heroes and stars,
Are passing on to their just rewards.
The today's heroes and stars,
Striving to achieve and succeed.
Vote for Blah, Blah, Blah,
Don't vote for Nah, Nah, Nah.
Politics, here, there, and everywhere,
Wore many nerves very thin.
Vote for none of the above,
Became a favorite of some.
Signs of recovery late but welcome,
Bolstering hope just slightly.
All are hopeful, it is a new beginning,
Like the new year just beginning.
Each person expectant and hope-filled,
Searching and anticipation of reassurance.
Opportunities to succeed or fail,
Achievements accumulate each day.
New year days and months,
Filled with overflowing possibilities.
Like rivers, today's flow out into tomorrows,
Tomorrows flood into months to fill up a year.
If the new year is about to begin,
The collection of past years memories is complete.
Another year is creating new memories,
Each moment a precious gemstone.
Each a beautiful stone to be anticipated,
Kindly gathered and treasured.
I have a drawer full of last year's precious jewels,
Many different colors, kinds, sizes and shapes.
Each gemstone unique, too precious to trade or sell,
Each stone represents success or failure, pleasure or pain.
Another collection of a year's worth of memories has begun,
Each moment will be precious.
That is not a promise of things to come,
But a recollection of gathering memories.
So begin your journey with anticipation,
And expectations of traveling an untraveled road.